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From: MaryW
Date: 10-19-2006, 12:26 PM (1 of 7)
Does anyone know how to sew up a cape for Halloween. I didn't post this under kids because the guy is 6'4" tall. Any links or directions? Thanks.
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From: mommydionne
Date: 10-19-2006, 12:35 PM (2 of 7)
as I am mego cheap for costumes:re: I just take a yardage of lining etc from ye old stash and make a casing and slip a ribbon through that and tie around thier neck, after halloween I remove, wash and it goes back in my stash!
I made the best haunted house last year for the kids with fabric pieces hung around, didn't cost me anything and they had a ball ( I have a lot of black in my stash)
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From: AndreaSews
Date: 10-19-2006, 03:43 PM (3 of 7)
I agree, although I had pictured a stiff collar that sticks up pretty tall. For that I'd use anything from mid-weight to craft-weight interfacing, depending on the weight of the fabric you use.
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From: Magot
Date: 10-19-2006, 05:14 PM (4 of 7)
Made a cape for my daughter.

Using the widest fabric I had draw a circle. Cut out one in black wool and one in scarlet.

Cut along the radius until you reach the centre of the circles.

Cut away 1/4 of the circles.

Using a dinner plate make a smaller circle over the centre point and cut out this small circle on the black and the red wool.

Seam together up along the side seam (radius) along the neck edge, down the other side seam and along the circumpherance leaving enough of a gap to turn the cloak through.

Sew up the hole.

Very basic but it was a really swooshy cloak and tossed over your shoulders dramatically revealing a flash of red.

Not got a high standing Dracula collar though.
(It was a tudor costume moment)
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From: mommydionne
Date: 10-20-2006, 08:26 AM (5 of 7)
I did a dracula cape with the high collar once (Mardi Gras, Halifax, back before the drug dudes used it as excuse to start bumping people off), I just used red and black broadcloth and used heavy cardboard to make it stand up, worked ok.
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From: dmoses
Date: 10-20-2006, 02:36 PM (6 of 7)
These sites may help:
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From: Shellymoon
Date: 10-21-2006, 11:26 PM (7 of 7)
I once used a black skirt to make a cape...just took out the back seam...and put a new closure on it. (This was for a kid to play superhero...he loved it). I say this to spark a creative idea....use a long skirt pattern and just leave a seam open.

A lot of the fantasy type patterns (Lord of the Rings have capes in them. I made my girl a Hermione Granger cape from the Harry Potter pattern a few years back. Easy work, just uses lots of fabric....
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